Fake feminism: today’s reality?

Considering the recent cases of Shamir Reuben and Aziz Ansari, we wonder if celebrities are milking the feminism rage and building a faux image or are they genuinely supporting the cause? Both of them have been quite vocal about equality and have time and again stood in favor of women. When we hear such men taking advantage of their celebrity status, it becomes a matter of concern.

In case of Aziz Ansari, he misread a woman’s body language and her subtle signs and continued to impose himself on her. A few of you may say, the girl could have been firm and said no or just left the place. Yes, that could have been done but we would like to ask, isn’t body language a necessity when it comes an intimate act like sex? Your body follows you when you are in the mood. Perhaps, years of dominance has made men believe women are always in the mood and they shouldn’t deny advancement of men.

Shamir Reuben has been accused of sending unsolicited sexual messages to as young as 16-17 year olds. He has persistently asked women to send explicit pictures and messages. Apart from sexting, he also wanted to be their ‘first’. After the first accusation by Sakina Bootwala went viral, many other spoke up about their experiences with the well known poet and substantiated her claim.

If renowned men like them, who have build a perception of being feminist, can practice such misogyny, it’s a wake up call for all of us.